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by Lionel Emil Javier |

by: Batong.Apog


Illustrations by: LDR


Did you fix your bed?

Look, we’re just about to end the second week of 2019 and you are surely on fire. I mean, who wouldn’t be? It’s the time to break habits, to start a change, or as simple as being more consistent about the resolutions from years back.

So you’re up early hitting the gym and all packed with protein-rich and green diet. Oh yeah, you’re going to be fit – probably sexier this year around. Probably you’re also feeling more responsible now with collective jars labeled as follows: passion, family, future, and health. Meanwhile, some kids prefer a piggy bank – as simple as that, but it works just fine anyway. What about taking a halt from your vices? Meaning no cigs, no alcohols, and not taking anything that can endanger your health.

You may have a different list of resolution but these are the basics and you’re probably wanting to go the extra mile – the pursuit of dreams. So you come up with your own list, a particular set of steps to take and actions to make. But I ask again, DID YOU FIX YOUR BED? Yes? Great! No? Try tomorrow. But either way, don’t miss it in your new year’s resolution.

Let Admiral McRaven tell you why:

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

This was an excerpt from a commencement address from Mr. William H. McRaven in The University of Texas at Austin. Speaking to a bunch of transitioning young adults, inspiring them for the next chapter in their lives; we can relate it to as how we put our lists into action.

Losing weight, saving up for the future, and quitting unhealthy habits may be easy – but this is also the year for long-awaited promises, the ever wonder dreams that seem unreachable, and faded passion to be REMEMBERED and be given another shot until it is finally attained.

Remember, the only person to have to be better than is yourself yesterday. And if you ever get to day 364 of 365 with a regretful spirit after seeing all the things you failed in, you can rest your exhausted back to a bed that is made. Made by you. It will remind of your accomplishment of at least, task one. And tomorrow you wake up, fix your bed, and accomplish the next task. But the more important thing is you don’t blame yourself for the failures and use them as stepping stone to become better. Keep the fire. Keep doing you.